(Moncton, May 10, 2021) - The YMCA Community Action Network A-Team (short for Apple Team) is working on a project called the Free Fruit Project. The team will be planting a total of 10 fruit trees along the Riverfront Trail in Riverview NB through May 2021 to help increase food security. “We want to help the environment, and make healthy food accessible for everyone who needs it “, says Sara MacDiarmid. The project the will help the environment by filtering air, helping the bee population with pollination, and attract more butterflies. Accessible healthy food will meet the needs of a changing community. “We are partnering with the Town of Riverview, and their parks and recreation to make this happen” – says Dylan Doyle. “We will also be planting 4 trees at local high schools” Two pear trees will be planted along a walking trail at Riverview High School, and two more trees are being donated to Armstrong High and Salisbury Middle School to help with their playground and outdoor space project. The team hopes these trees will leave a lasting mark on their community. The apple and pear trees will be able to support the school breakfast programs, and meet the needs of all students. The trees should produce fruit in 3- 5 years. Do you want in on the fun? You can now enter the free fruit project’s coloring contest from May 3 – May 17 2021! Two families will each win an apple tree. Winners will be decided by a draw which will take place on May 18, 2021. You can pick up your coloring page at one of the 2 YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Locations.
Hosted at YMCA Moncton North, the goal of Youth Connections is to give youth a safe space to call their own, where they can socialize, make new friendships, and learn life skills. Youth Connections has three pillars: socializing, life skills and community-based volunteering.